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In November 2014, three Tampa Bay Counties (Pasco, Hernando & Pinellas) joined together and created an Interlocal agreement to officially form the ICTC Governing Board dba the American Manufacturing Skills Initiative, otherwise known as AmSkills.
AmSkills was established to create a European-Style Apprenticeship Training System that models the highly successful European model for workforce training. While this is the goal, the government, education and business environment is very different in the United States than Europe, therefore it could take years to accomplish, if at all. AmSkills however is working to incorporate the best practices learned from Europe and incorporating into our system to design an Apprenticeship program that meets the needs of our local community.
In 2016 the Florida Chamber of Commerce completed a survey of local colleges which indicated that only 11% of employers thought that college graduates are prepared for the workforce; and locally more than 74% of those interviewed for jobs in manufacturing were un-qualified for the job. In addition, on average more than 22% do not graduate from high school in Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando Counties, which equates to approximately 66,000 young adults who don’t earn a high school degree.
AmSkills is dedicated to providing 80% hands-on skills training to youth, adults and veterans for high demand manufacturing careers, providing technical, soft and life skills training, and partnering with industry to provide potential long-term employees. Tampa Bay has the largest concentration of manufacturers in the State of Florida and AmSkills is not only helping our existing base to thrive, but also to recruit new manufacturers to our community.
European-style apprenticeships encourage international investment in the US
The AmSkills Initiative is part of a national campaign called the “German Skills Initiative” that has been officially endorsed by the German Embassy and the US Department of Commerce. The German Skills Initiative is being led by the German Embassy in support of the many German manufacturers located in the United States who have requested assistance in workforce skills development for their subsidiaries in the US.
Large, very well-known German companies like BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Siemens, Bosch and many others (known for quality products and precision engineering) all have manufacturing facilities in the US, as well as thousands of smaller German-owned subsidiaries located across the US in various states. Finding skilled workers in advanced manufacturing has been a long-standing problem facing German companies manufacturing in the US. The German Embassy and the US Department of Commerce have listened and replied to their requests to make the German-style apprenticeship program more available in the US.
Four accomplished AmSkills apprentices present a recently completed project.
While the US in now investing heavily across the country in building up apprenticeship programs, the German apprenticeship model has been in place officially since the Vocational Training Act of 1967, which mandated Government, Education and Industry to work together to develop nationwide standards in vocational training. Today, there are over 350 occupational standards with industry certifications and apprenticeship programs already available through the “German Skills Initiative.” Of these 350 occupational standards, there are 48 occupational certifications offering 4-year apprenticeship programs related to advanced manufacturing. Using these standards will help our country to develop strong apprenticeship programs in a much shorter time frame than developing each program from scratch.
The American Manufacturing Skills Initiative brings together government, education, and industry to agree on solutions for workforce development through apprenticeship training.
To learn more about the “German Skills Initiative”, please visit the link at the German Embassy website http://www.germany.info/skillsinitiative. Please Note: A new browser window will open and you'll be directed to a website not owned or maintained by AMskills.